PETERSBURG, Va. (WWBT) - Two parents face criminal charges in a disturbing case of child abuse in Petersburg.
Investigators say Martino Jackson, 29, and Lisa Lee, 34, badly abused their 3-month-old boy to the point where the child had to be placed in a medically induced coma. This isn’t the first time one of those parents has been accused of neglecting a child.
Both parents are now in jail. Investigators say the mother had already been in trouble with Child Protective Services after the agency removed a different child from her home because of a similar incident.
"They did their due diligence but there’s only so much that separate entities and third party entities can do,” Jamal James said.
Police believe the unthinkable crime happened at the Petersburg East Apartment. Sunday afternoon, they arrived at a Richmond hospital to find the 3-month-old boy with severe injuries including a broken skull, broken ribs and broken arms and legs.
"It’s flat out disgusting. There really is no other way to say it,” James said.
Authorities say the 3-month-old also had bite marks and burns on his body.
"I think it’s very disheartening,” David Egin added.
The parents were picked up and taken to jail.
"I love my son too much to do that or see anyone hurt their children…Hopefully, they figure out what the best course of action is and hopefully they can get the parents some sort of therapy or care to figure out what kind of responsibility it is to have a child,” parent Kelly Nooney said.
"Everyone who wasn't involved but knew about it, jail time. That's a human life and it's vital," James suggested.
In addition to child abuse, both parents are being charged with aggravated malicious wounding and failure to seek medical attention.
On Wednesday, police said the child was out of the coma.
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